While the most recent cease-fire agreement between Russia and the Ukrainian government proved to be short-lived over the weekend, a network of pastors in the United States vow to help the region receive humanitarian aid.
"After visiting troubled Ukraine, leaders of the American Pastors Network have taken a tangible step forward in getting help to the regions hit hardest by the recent political, cultural and economic upheaval," officials with the group said on Monday.
APN International Projects Coordinator, Pastor Dale Armstrong, who recently returned from Ukraine, says the most immediate need there is humanitarian aid, including water purification tablets and individual medical kits for each soldier. more >>
A prominent Orthodox Church leader in Ukraine has stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin is being guided by Satan.
Patriarch Filaret of Kiev and All Rus-Ukraine, released a statement Friday titled the "New Cain," which is based off of the Genesis 4 account of Cain and Abel.
Filaret did not mention Putin by name, but he did refer in his statement to a "governor" who "is cynically lying" about his country's "sending killers mercenaries to our country." more >>
Pope Francis has said that war is never the right way to stop the injustices of the world and warned that it always leads to further problems, seemingly distancing himself from supporting U.S. airstrikes against terror group ISIS.
"War is never a satisfactory way to right injustices," the Roman Catholic Church leader said during an inter-faith colloqium hosted in Belgium by the St. Egido community, AFP reported on Sunday.
"War leads people into a spiral of violence which becomes difficult to control. It destroys what it has taken generations to establish and leads the way to even worse conflicts and injustices." more >>
Duchess Kate Middleton is pregnant with her second child, Kensington Palace confirmed this morning and is again being treated for extreme morning sickness.
"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child," the palace statement said. "Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace."
During her first pregnancy, Kate had to be hospitalized in order to be treated for hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness. She and husband William had not even told the Queen that she was pregnant but were forced to with her hospitalization. This time around, the couple is more aware and Kate is being treated at their home, hopefully staving off another trip to the hospital. more >>
David Haines is the latest ISIS hostage to be shown to the public; the British aid worker was taken captive in 2013.
Haines appeared in the second beheading video produced by the Islamic terrorist organization, which then threatened his life. Haines' name was not immediately released by the British government for fear of jeopardizing his life, but now all has been revealed. He was reportedly taken by ISIS while working at a refugee camp close to the Syrian-Turkish border in March 2013.
Haines married his wife, who is from Croatia, in 2010 and they have one child together; He is also the father to a teenager from his first marriage. The family has made their home in Croatia even though he is from Scotland. Friends called him "unbreakable" and a man who "used to help everyone – the Serbs, the Croats and the ethnic Muslims." more >>